See The Presets at Metropolis Fremantle during the Hi Viz tour


The Presets bring the party to Perth with their Hi Viz national tour.
The Presets bring the party to Perth with their Hi Viz national tour.

THE wait is almost over for fans of The Presets, with the release of their much-anticipated fourth studio album in June.

It has been six years since the Australian electronic dance duo released Pacifica, but band member Kim Moyes said the wait for Hi Viz was worth it.

“We finished the album around Christmas time last year, so we’ve been sitting on it for six months but also before that we’d been working on it for about four years,” he said.

“We feel really good about it.

“We took our sweet time making the record so we knew it was going to be as good as it could be.”

Last year’s release of single Do What You Want featured in triple j’s Hottest 100 and 14U+14ME is already among the station’s most played songs of 2018.

But with a Hi Viz release date slated for May 18, the band announced earlier this month there would be another small delay as they put the finishing touches on the video clip for the “Sunday arvo boogie-down” track Downtown Shutdown, which features Shepparton’s St Paul’s Lutheran Church Choir.

“We spent about five months making that video, which is the longest we’ve ever spent making a video,” Moyes said.

“It was just such a special song for both Jules (Julian Hamilton) and myself and also for our management and our label and we just could tell we needed to get this one right.

“Our videos in the past have tended to be on the edge of being a little bit whacky and weird and fun and bonkers but with this one, we wanted to still have that fun, crazy element to it but we also wanted it to just look really beautiful, to stand up there as a world-class video.

“It was almost ready on time but there were just a couple of things we had to do at the last minute to just kick it over the line for it to be the best that it could be, so that’s why we ended up pushing back the date for a couple of weeks.

“And we figured as well, after a couple of years, two weeks wouldn’t matter that much.”

Moyes said he was now excited for fans to listen to the whole album, which they described as the “soundtrack to a party that we would want to go nuts at”.

“Those tracks are always the most fun for us to play live anyway, so we thought why not have a whole album of them,” he said.

“I think the overall effect is uplifting and really energetic and it’s invigorating.

“It’s certainly an album to be celebrating life with.”

The duo will bring the Hi Viz party live to fans with a national tour that kicks off at Metropolis Fremantle on June 13.

THE ESSENTIALS

Who: The Presets

Support: Roland Tings

When: June 13

Where: Metropolis Fremantle (18+)

Tickets: www.oztix.com.au